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Council commits to more flexible and efficient ways of working

 03 October 2014  |  

The development of a detailed business plan to maximise the efficiency of its 12 office premises in Ayr has been approved by South Ayrshire Council.

The plan will see County Buildings and Ayr Town Hall retained, with both buildings being assessed for the best possible use of space for the public, staff, meetings and events.

The remaining 10 buildings and offices will be rigorously examined to see if they can be used more efficiently – or if relocating services might prove to be a better option.

Councillor Robin Reid, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance explained: "We're absolutely determined to deliver services to our residents in a way that is flexible and efficient – making best use of every penny.

"We've already made savings and improvements at a number of our buildings, but more needs to be done, particularly in such a financially challenging environment.

"We're now looking at finding better, more flexible and more efficient ways of using our buildings and a project manager, dedicated to these goals, will lead the development of a business plan to achieve these ambitions.

"Most of our office staff work from 12 locations throughout Ayr, in buildings of varying age, size and condition. Maintaining these is challenging, especially in terms of access, communications, IT provision, heating and lighting and repairs and several buildings cannot be adapted to meet the needs of our customers effectively."

Councillor Reid continued: "The plans will look at much more than the buildings themselves. We'll be looking at flexible working patterns, document management and IT solutions, procurement – as well as considering opportunities to share accommodation, or work with other organisations.

"We'll include options for the future use of the Ayr Academy building, likely be vacated in 2017, when pupils and staff decant to the fantastic new learning campus at Craigie.

"Our core aim is to be an organisation fit for purpose, delivering high quality services for our residents through the best use of our buildings and people.

"This means working smarter, more flexibly and taking a good look at where and how we work and I'm confident the end result will offer significant benefit for all our residents."


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